Here's the thing: we spend about 5 to 8 billion dollars each year sending 50 million tons of food waste to landfills. We pay for that. That shows a big scope.
When farmers are going broke in this country.
So we don't need to grow millions of acres of soy and corn to feed animals when there's 50 million tons of food going into landfills.
A landfill makes money by burying valuables that we haven't found a way yet to extract. And many times, we've gotten so dependent on that landfill, because it's all one container. Yet those containers are not made for containing food waste. That food starts to smell, and it's feeding the rats in New York City and all of our major metropolitan areas, it attracts flies that carry disease, and as it sits, waiting to be taken to the landfill, all you can do is take it to the landfill. And these other valuable materials like plastics, metals like aluminum, cans, paper, they get contaminated.
So not only is food waste about 20% of what we send to landfills, it's also what is preventing us from really doing a great job at getting clean recyclable material.
So to get a restaurant to become zero waste, you need a food waste solution that is above 90% recovery, and a recycling solution that now becomes so easy that you no longer need landfill.
How important is food waste for a landfill? Very. Because it keeps them in business, and as those dumpsters stink, they need to get emptied, even if they aren't full. So food waste is the number one thing preventing recycling operations from overtaking the landfill operations.
Restaurants typically pay hundreds of dollars a month to get their food waste sent to landfills. And that's why people don't want to depend on compost service, because they feel it should be less important than a landfill - they want their main invoice to be landfill, because what if i get a mess in the back of my restaurant? But the source of the rats and flies when the health inspector is looking for droppings is the dumpster they have in business today. But if they put their food waste in GrubTubs, they wouldn't have rodents. The sanitary thing to do is seal food before it turns into waste, versus mixing that with highly recyclable material and sending it to landfill.
At GrubTubs, our recycling doesn't smell, our trash doesn't smell, and our grubs don't smell. We only have to have our waste picked up once a week. It's a complete paradigm change.